"You’re not doing it right."
Michael Ian Black has been hearing these five words all his life. And now—on the eve of his 40th birthday—he is finally beginning to wonder why. As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the question so many of us ask ourselves at one point or another: How did I end up here? (And also: If fat Kevin Federline succumbs to his own wasted potential, what does that mean for the rest of us?)
The answers to these questions, and others that you probably would have never thought to ask, are painstakingly detailed in You’re Not Doing It Right, Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir. Darkly humorous and told with raw honesty, Michael takes on his childhood, his marriage, his children, and his career with unexpected candor and deadpan wit in this funny-because-it's-true essay collection. He shares the neuroses that have plagued him since childhood and how they shaped him into the man he is today. Stories include: How his lesbian feminist mother raised him to be a tough but sensitive New Seventies Man like Alan Alda; how his camp girlfriend dumped him for a guy nicknamed Taco; how he backed into marrying his wife by breaking up with her first; how he is completely undone by hearing a Creed song on the radio on the eve of becoming a father; and how he learned to use Santa Claus as a "bad cop" threat to control his kids year 'round.
From the comedian who brought you Stella and The State, Michael Ian Black says the kinds of things you’re afraid to admit. Here he is: naked, exposed, a little chilly, and understandably shriveled.
©2012 Michael Ian Black (P)2012 Random House, Inc.
I've always been a fan of Michael Ian Black, ever since I first discovered him as a member of the hilarious comedy trio "Stella". I expected this book to be very shticky, over-the-top, and silly; much like his comedy -- and it definitely has these elements. However it's also brutally honest and a gives you look into his personal life and marriage. I was not expecting such honesty and openness, but I loved his stories/advice and found it all fascinating.
Michael gives a great read/performance, and this book definitely has some solid laugh out loud moments (for me atleast). Highly recommend this book. And if you like this book you should check out his podcast "Mike and Tom Eat Snacks".
It reminded me of Tina Fey's Bossy Pants as well as David Cross' I Drink for A Reason, mostly due to the mixture of biography and comedy as well as the intricate detail for certain stories.
I laughed through a great deal of it, and was brought to tears by one particular scene.
I loved this book. I expected it to be funny; I did not expect it to be thought-provoking (really!) and poignant. Michael Ian Black writes from the heart and will make you laugh about a range of topics, from marriage & family to pop culture and religion. Highly recommended.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
The writing is, as one would expect from a comedy writer, quite funny. What was strange though is that even though it is the author (comedian Michael Ian Black) who is narrating the story, he reads it in a very monotonous way. What's more is that I am a fan of his standup, but I think he didn't bring very much of his standup personality to the reading of the book. If he had been a bit more engaging in the (...his) story I would have given this 4-5 stars.
I expected the book to be funny and light. It was funny but heavy. Not many authors attempt to explain the meaning of life. Especially without explicitly telling you that's what they're doing.
Some reviews called him monotone or flat. I strongly disagree. He was paced. He was not monotone at all. He uses four letter words very well both in their placement within the text and as he reads them.
I did laugh often. There was a particularly sad moment or two in the book that may bring a tear to some readers' eyes.
Notably unremarkable; fairly slow; somewhat deliberate. Found myself speeding up the delivery to keep things interesting.
I saw this recommended at another site & thought I'd try it, although the only thing I knew about this guy was the snarky comments on the VH1 series. I really enjoyed listening to this - the unexpected honesty, humor, and insights he shares about marriage, having & raising children. Just - not what I was expecting at all!
Michael's narration fits his dry, irreverent sense of humor. I know some listeners complained that he seemed monotoned, but I feel like they may not have been as familiar with his comedic style prior to listening.
I thought he did a great job of discussing (rather frankly) struggles in his marriage and as a parent while bringing his particular flavor of humor and sarcasm.
It was good but I feel like Billy Joel could have summed it up in 3.5 minutes or so. Either way, the book caught me entirely off guard with the raw sentimental tone it lingers in for the majority of the work., and yet the humor felt so familiar and resonated in some unused and I groomed region within awkward 20-something body. I guess it gave me some concept of mediocrity to examine and look forward to. Black affirms that its gonna be alright. Even though he won't a knowledge me on twitter.
Crushing around in a BMW reluctantly purchased, blasting music with the windows down - but not really "because instead of blasting he listens a 1/8th volume level and instead of music he's listening to NPR"
"A Blow Job is when you blow in someone's ear"
Fu*k this guy. He won't even follow me on Twitter
This book ranges from thoroughly entertaining to laughing-alone-in-my-car funny, and prior to listening to it I would not have called myself a fan of Michael Ian Black. Now I am. I'm 41, and could identify in some way with just about every single topic he touched on in this book. It was funny. Excellent narration in just the right voice. Bottom line, I loved it. Oh, and did I mention it was funny?
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